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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2020

BOSTON COMMON

 

by Michael Keshigian

 

 

In order to think,

to contemplate and appreciate

dilemmas brought on by modern life,

he often took to strolling

through the public gardens

amid the calmness of time-honored trees

and sprawling greenways

that survived the patriotic acts of revolution,

just far enough away

from the street crowd and traffic noise,

building at the intersection

of Bolyston and Tremont.

Distractions down the winding,

narrow tar paths were minimal,

no vendors, beggars, prostitutes,

or public speakers attracting crowds

this day, only a place to find refuge.

So he reflected upon his quickly dissipating,

limited allotment of time,

his acquiescence to a battle

once valiantly fought,

his lack of owning responsibility,

the feigning privilege and apathy

gathering years seem to imply

and the folly of those who still engage.

A female runner skirted by,

lithe, youthful, amazingly trim,

stealing his daydream.

Boston is wonderful, he muttered,

the air so full of rebellion.

He wandered off again

into a comic reverie of pursuit

and the tender excitement of discovery.

I must find my running shoes, he mused.



Michael Keshigian’s thirteenth poetry collection, The Garden Of Summer, was released April, 2019 by Flutter Press. He has been widely published in numerous national and international journals, recently including Red River Review, Sierra Nevada Review, Oyez Review, Bluepepper, Muddy River Review, and Smoky Quartz, and has appeared as feature writer in over twenty publications with 7 Pushcart Prize and 2 Best Of The Net nominations. (michaelkeshigian.com)

Ann Marie Rhiel is the Assistant Art Director for Yellow Mama Webzine. She was born and raised in Bronx, New York, presently living in New Jersey. She reconnected with her passion for art in 2016 and has had her work exhibited in art galleries around northern New Jersey ever since. She is a commissioned painting artist, who also enjoys photography. Her work has also appeared in Black Petals and Megazine Official.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2020